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Skodas in the capital.

By nanzan - 4 August 2008 30

I am very keen to know how many Skoda drivers there are out there now in Canberra.

Skoda returned to the Australian market after an absence of twenty-five years in October 2007, and since it was purchased by VW in 2001, it has grown as a marque in leaps and bounds. It is even outselling all its stablemates in Europe, such as VW, SEAT, Audi and so on.

There are currently only two models for sale in Australia, the Octavia and the Roomster, and we recently bought an Octavia, which is very similar to the more familiar VW Jetta and Audi A4. Skodas diesel models (like ours) seem to be proving popular as fuel prices rise.

So, any chance of starting a Skoda club in the ACT?

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Holden Caulfield 11:13 pm 09 Dec 08

Thumper said :

A Skoda?

The acceleration of stoned galapagas tortoise coupled with the styling of a Victorian era house brick.

That was then, this is now.

johnboy 10:59 pm 09 Dec 08

Your wishes are my commands.

smilesr 10:52 pm 09 Dec 08

I’ve recently been informed from the dealer that this IS the first Scout sold in Canberra so you were correct nanzan.
Pics of it will be put up by JB shortly.
On a weekend trip to Bowral it averaged 5.3l/100km so it is very fuel efficient, and as for its looks – well I think it looks rather stylish, not a brick-on-wheels like the Forrester (one of its direct rivals).

farnarkler 10:43 am 04 Dec 08

Police use these because they don’t look fast enough to catch a cold. That’s cheating.

That’s the quote from the Top Gear team (the real one; Clarkson, Hammond and May) about the Octavia vRS. If they like it, it’s good.

farnarkler 10:30 am 04 Dec 08

0-100 in under 10 seconds is not necessarily the hallmark of a great car. They’re like a Toyota Camry, invisible. There’s nothing amazing about them so they don’t get noticed. Probably a really good getaway car.

Thumper 10:25 am 04 Dec 08

A Skoda?

The acceleration of stoned galapagas tortoise coupled with the styling of a Victorian era house brick.

farnarkler 10:22 am 04 Dec 08

Skodas are an affordable and equally reliable substitute for most VWs. They’re very good cars if you have no problem with the perceived image problem they have.

smilesr 10:13 am 04 Dec 08

Actually there was someone else buying a Scout on the same day we were buying ours so there might be a few of them out there, but I’ll post some pics. Liked the roomster but oddly didn’t have the “room” in the boot that we needed.
They use Skodas for taxis in Europe. And as for their ubiquity in Europe, they are probably more the 1.4L which aren’t available in Australia and probably don’t have the features.

Holden Caulfield 5:15 pm 03 Dec 08

By my calculations, the only Audi with a 1.8T that could do 0-100 in 6-ish seconds from factory must have been the previous shape S3 (225kW).

The 1.8 TFSI used now is a completely new engine and with 118kW it’s not going to propel any Audi to 100 in 6 seconds, unless it has had an ECU reflash. Moreover, the 1.8 TFSI is now Audi’s entry level petrol turbo, and not really used in any of their higher spec models. It’s a damn good engine though.

nanzan 4:52 pm 03 Dec 08

smilesr said :

Yep, the 1.8 is amazingly sporty having test-driven them recently but I ended up getting the Scout for the 4WD option…so, hello nanzan, looks like there are 2 of us Skodarites out there!


Yours must be one of – if not the – first Skoda Scout in Canberra! Any pictures?

The Canberra Times did a very nice review of the Scout a few weeks back. Did that influence your decision?

Our Skoda Octavia is viewable on the Skoda Australia page on Facebook.

I think I have spotted about 10 Octavias in Canberra this year – so they are still pretty rare, I think. Haven’t seen any Roomsters yet – but then I don’t get out much!

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